Our work contributes to understanding the Earth as an integrated system by exploring the physical, chemical and biological processes that shape terrestrial ecosystems, with emphasis on the unique role of humans as agents of change.

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Ecohydrology Laboratory

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About Us

We study the ecology and biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems, including how they function and how they're affected by climate change, land use, and pollution. We're equally motivated by a raw fascination with nature and the belief that science can improve the wellbeing of humans and the natural systems we depend on.

Most of our work is in temperate forests, but our interests also pull us into grasslands, agricultural systems and neighboring climate zones. Our research methods include basic field measurements, eddy flux towers, remote sensing and modeling. Our lab is a member of NASA's North American Carbon Program, the AmeriFlux network and the Hubbard Brook and Harvard Forest Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites.

Our current research projects span the following themes:

 • Carbon, nitrogen and water cycling at local to regional scales
 • Remote sensing of canopy chemistry and associated plant traits
 • Interactions between ecosystems, land use and climate
 • Nitrogen retention in soils and terrestrial-aquatic linkages
 • The use of stable isotopes in studies of C and N cycling
 • The influence of winter climate change on ecosystems

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